Browse by Theme: Livelihoods

Over the past thirty years, households in Malawi have been exposed to a large number of shocks that have led to an ongoing decline of rural livelihoods.

More than 60% of the population is experiencing chronic poverty every year and it has some of the worst child malnutrition and mortality rates in Africa.

The highest concentration of poverty is in the southern region of the country where 68.1% of households are poor, compared to the central region with 62.8% and the north with 62.5%.

The current level of poverty is characterized by deep inequality.

The richest 20% of the population in Malawi consumes nearly half of all goods and services, whereas the poorest 20% consume only 6.3%.

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CARE adopted the Household Livelihood Security (HLS) framework in 1994.

HLS is an integrated framework that promotes participatory problem analysis and program design, geographically focused programming strategies, coherent and often cross-sector monitoring and evaluation systems, and, importantly, reflective practice and continued learning.

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Designed as a resource kit, this document aims to pass on field experience and lessons learned from CARE's rural development initiatives in Zimbabwe.

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Agronomic practices are being disseminated without their marketing implications being explicitly taken into account and farmers are receiving little or no advice and support regarding post-harvest activities. The lack of attention paid to marketing issues is problematic, both from a sustainable livelihoods and from a project sustainability perspective. This study seeks to identify a range of feasible intervention options to improve the returns from marketing by Go-Interfish project participants. In addition, it aims to provide information and analysis to inform future marketing-related research and activities by Go-Interfish and CARE.

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In many urban settlements in developing countries, securing a livelihood can be complex and confusing.

Urban residents live in uncertain environments, with urban growth which outstrips economic opportunities, government services which are often reducing and deteriorating, rapid cultural change and increasing crime.

People employ varied strategies, often living on credit and networks of support, undertaking seasonal work, earning incomes in the informal economy, shifting from one temporary household arrangement to another.

Strategy outcomes often do not meet even the most basic of households’ needs, increasing the vulnerability of those already marginalised.

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